Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

I was in Sears the other day, buying Hawaiian shirts and cigarette holders (I'm planning on doing Clarion in full Hunter Thompson mode, minus the drugs), and I stopped by the AV section, just to see what current stuff looked like, and wondering how far HDTV sets had penetrated into suburban Consumaria.

Now, I know that AV showrooms, especially ones in general-purpose stores like Sears, are not good places to judge video equipment. Every set has brightness and contrast cranked up to the point that it damages the equipment, and the color temp is usually way too blue. So take that as a caveat.

The HDTV sets were playing a Dish Network loop. I was unimpressed by the plasmas. Not very good detail, annoyingly obvious pixel structure normal viewing distance, and occasionally noticeable false contouring (i.e., subtle gradations in color break sharply rather than grading into each other smoothly.) Black level? Who knows, the store was too brightly lit to tell, but non-CRT technologies are known for their poor black level.

I was most impressed by a DLP rear projection set by Samsung. Amazing detail (showing the same HDTV feed as the other sets), almost three-dimensionality. Engrossing. No visible pixel structure at normal viewing distance. Because it was a projector, there was a sweet spot for viewing, and the picture looked lousy from other angles; but at that spot, it looked really good. And this was a set (mis)calibrated to usual showroom specs, in a non-light controlled environment.

I've been reading about DLP for years, but hadn't seen an actual set before. It's said to have better black level than other digital technologies, and doesn't burn-in like plasma and CRT. It uses a color wheel technology for generating different colors, and some people are sensitive to the flicker of the color wheel, but I didn't notice it on this set. If I were in the market for large screen HDTV, I'd take a good look at DLP.


meaning: tongue

舌戦 == zessen == war of words
弁舌 == benzetsu == speech

Originally showed 'mouth' (口) and 'dry/forked thrusting weapon' (干), the latter acting phonetically to express 'emerge'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Tongue shows dry mouth.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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